War of 1812 and the burning of the Whitehouse

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                    In the War of 1812, the United States took on the strongest naval power-house in the world of this time, Great Britain, in a conflict that would have an enormous impact on the newly found countries future. Causes of the war included;British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s seizing of American seamen and America’s want to expand its territory. The United States suffered many costly defeats at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops over the course of the War of 1812, including the capture and burning of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., in August 1814. Throughout this cause, American troops were able to fight off and hold back British invasions in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans; boosting national pride and raising a new spirit of patriotism. The ratification of the Treaty of Ghent on February 17, 1815, ended the war with Britain. Many of the american citizens felt that it was in a way, the “second war of independence”.

                   In today’s society, the white house has seen some security issues that have the nation worrying. There has been a very recent case of people hopping the fence and entering the Whitehouse. The secret service was at fault, and there was a very big concern about the secret services protection. The leader of the secret service resigned as a result because she did not do her job in a sense. They added a new barrier outside the fence to help stop future attempts if there are any. Security of the Whitehouse has always been an issue.  It is the people’s house and the symbol of American power.  We are not at war with any country today like we were against the British in 1814 but there are still terrorists and others who can do great harm.

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  1. era47 on October 10th, 2014 9:16 am

    Good connection you made with the recent news of the guy getting inside the white house. I feel its crucial that the head of our country be under direct watch at all times. And when the white house was burned down i cant imagine how scared the people were when not even their capital is safe. Secret service reassures the president that hes safe, which in turn makes the people feel safe too. I mean, what does the supreme law of this land try to assure? OUR safety!

  2. ARALE. on October 10th, 2014 9:17 am

    The burning of the White House was the low point for Americans during the war.
    Today many people had lost their jobs for failing the secret services protection. I wonder if anyone lost their job for the burning of the whitehouse.

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